Lower House reminds ex-solons to surrender protocol license plates
admin • November 15, 2018 • 2194
MANILA, Philippines — House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya reminds all former members of the House of Representatives to surrender their protocol license plates.
Andaya said the order is due to reports that certain vehicles with protocol plate number eight have figured in crime-related activities or were spotted in indecent places.
The House leader reiterated that the memorandum issued by the secretary-general for all members of the House regarding the immediate recall covers all protocol plates issued during the 16th Congress and earlier. — UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines – The House of Representatives remains confident it will be able to pass the proposed P4.1-trillion national budget for the year 2020 on the targeted date of October 4.
The House plenary has been able to follow its schedule and completed deliberations on the proposed budgets of 39 government departments last week.
Among the government agencies with approved budgets were the Department of Finance, National Economic Development Authority and the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council.
It also approved the 2020 budgets of the Film Development Council of the Philippines, Optical Media Board, Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority, Cagayan Economic Zone Authority, Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Credit Information Corporation.
Also approved were the proposed budgets for next year of the Judiciary, Ombudsman, Philippine Center for Economic Development, Presidential Communications Operations Office, Movie and Television Review and Classification Board, Civil Service Commission, Department of Trade and Industry, Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan; Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Bases Conversion and Development Authority and the Department of Justice.
The House also terminated deliberations on the appropriations for the Games and Amusements Board, Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Racing Commission, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Department of Health, Department of Science and Technology, Philippine Competition Commission, Commission on Higher Education, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Labor and Employment, Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process and Department of Foreign Affairs.
The number of agencies with approved budget proposals represents 54 percent of the total 72 government offices under House Bill 4228 or the 2020 General Appropriations Bill (GAB) scheduled for plenary debates that is seen to be concluded on Friday, Sept. 20.
“At the rate we’re going, the House is on track to finish the 2020 budget before the recess on Oct. 4,” Senior Deputy Majority Floor Leader and Cavite Representative Jesus Crispin Remulla said in a statement.
House leaders have earlier said they stick to the original target date to pass the proposed national budget before Congress goes on recess on the first week of October.
This is to avoid the scenario of another reenacted budget like what happened last year.
Apart from budget deliberations, the lower chamber also touted the passing of four priority measures at a record time, including the Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Rationalization Act (CITIRA).
Remulla credited this to regular meetings of House members to thresh out concerns and ensure that floor discussions were mainly about the policy and expenditure programs of concerned agencies.
MANILA, Philippines – The House of Representatives is set to begin this week the plenary debates on the proposed 2020 national budget.
House Committee on Appropriations chairman Davao City Rep. Isidro Ungab said the sponsorships and floor deliberations for the budget bill are scheduled on Tuesday, Sept. 10 and are expected to last until Sept. 20.
Ungab said the lower chamber plans to stick to its original target date to pass the proposed national budget before Congress goes on recess on October 4.
The House appropriations panel earlier reported it has completed in record time the hearings on the 2020 budget proposals of all government agencies.
Previous House schedules showed that the annual budget hearings usually ended on the fourth week of September.
Ungab credited House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano for helping the committee ensure the timely passage of the budget bill.
During the submission of the National Expenditure Program for Fiscal Year 2020 to Speaker Cayetano, Majority Leader Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, Chairman Ungab, and other House leaders, the Speaker assured the House will make adjustments in its plenary schedule to afford more time for the scrutiny and deliberations on the proposed P4.1-trillion proposed national budget for 2020.
“Under the effective guidance and leadership of Speaker Cayetano, everyone moved in accordance to his given task, and supported and coordinated with the leadership of the Committee on Appropriations which resulted in the early completion of the budget committee hearings last Friday, September 6. For that, I thank the Vice-Chairmen and members of the Committee on Appropriations for their hard work and sense of responsibility,” Ungab said in a news release.
He also thanked other lawmakers who helped in the study and review of the budget proposals to determine the necessity of their programs and projects.
Following the termination of the 2020 budget hearings, Ungab said the Committee on Appropriations is set to approve on Monday, September 9, the Committee Report on House Bill 4228 which seeks to appropriate funds for the operation of the government of the Republic of the Philippines from January 1 to December 31, 2020.
MANILA, Philippines – Detained Senator Leila de Lima on Wednesday appealed to her colleagues in Congress not to repeal the Republic Act 10592 or the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law which recently came under heavy scrutiny due to the questionable release of some convicts.
In a statement, De Lima urged her fellow lawmakers to “dredge, foremost, into our collective consciousness, the merits of the GCTA law (both the original and amendatory provisions) as rooted in the restorative philosophy or principles that underlie our modern criminal justice and correctional systems.”
“Let not the legitimacy and the well-settled wisdom of the law be clouded or demolished by its misapplication, abuses in enforcement or wrongdoings on the part of the designated implementors of the law,” De Lima said.
She called on legislators to instead improve the law or its implementing rules and regulations, if necessary.
“But, please, let’s not abrogate it. To junk this law is to retrogress from hard-won triumphs in the legal universe. To paraphrase a line from a movie which tackles, in part, the fluid majesty of Law, ‘We ought not to be affected by the weather of the day, but should be by the climate of the era,'” she said.
Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Senators Panfilo Lacson and Richard Gordon earlier filed a bill seeking to repeal the GCTA law, particularly the amendments in Articles 29, 94, 97, 98 and 99 of the Revised Penal Code as contained under RA 10592.
The bill was filed after a public uproar into the questionable application of the law following the aborted release of convicted murderer-rapist, former Calauan mayor Antonio Sanchez.
The senators said the purpose of the measure is laudable in decongesting the overpopulated prison cells in the country.
“However, when it was enacted into law, it caused an absurd interpretation and its very provisions needed harmonization,” they said in a statement, adding that it has been subject to abuse by the persons allowed by law to grant time allowances.
Amid the Senate inquiry into the application of the GCTA law, some senators have moved to amend the law and called for the revision of its implementing rules by the Department of Justice and other concerned government agencies to avoid abuse and misinterpretation.
The law was passed and signed during the time of President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino in 2013. Last June 2019, the SC ruled that the law could be applied retroactively.
De Lima was the Justice Secretary when the IRR of the law was crafted.
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